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Manufacturing Employment in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Labour Markets , Population Research , Economics



There is a narrative in New Brunswick that our province is falling further and further behind the rest of Canada in terms of economic and population growth, and “catching up” is a nearly impossible task to accomplish. Fortunately, this narrative is not entirely true. To promote progress and prosperity in the province, it is important to not only examine our weaknesses but also to better understand our strengths. The more we know about NB’s successes, the more likely we are...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the BoostNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: November 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Media , Economics



BoostNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2018 by Dr. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair of Regional Economics, BoostNB serves as a dashboard of economic indicators that aims to provide straightforward, fact-based about New Brunswick and its economy. This summer, BoostNB was comprised of four undergraduate students from Saint Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick. Under the leadership of Dr....

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Are there Labour Shortages in Canada’s Transport Sector?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: November 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Economics



If you have watched the news lately, you may have seen long lines of vehicles blocking roads around the UK as drivers waited for a chance to fuel up. The emerging gas shortage overseas is just one symptom resulting from a truck driver shortage in Great Britain, with food and medicine shortages following to a lesser extent. A labour shortage in the Transportation industry can clearly have serious, far-reaching consequences. So, how does employment in Canada’s Transport Sector measure...

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Retention and Labour Market Outcomes of Registered Apprentices in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: November 1, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Media , Economics



Apprenticeships are a long-standing and valuable part of the training and education system in New Brunswick). Over the last decade, interests in apprenticeship programs have risen, driven chiefly by concerns over current and future shortages of tradespersons. Efforts to encourage young Canadians, especially those not university-bound, to become skilled tradespersons have increased in hopes of remedying shortages within skilled trades. In a recently released report, the New Brunswick...

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UNB Students Take Hands-On Approach to Research and Policy in New Brunswick

Bethany Jones

Posted: October 28, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Population Research , Economics , Education , Health , Training



The end of 2021 is in sight, and as countries around the world begin to emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, there is a universal air of uncertainty about the future. In New Brunswick, however, this uncertainty predated the pandemic. For the past few years, the province of New Brunswick has been struggling to address the problems of an aging population, the out-migration of its youth, a shrinking labour force, and the impact these issues have on an already overly burdened health care system....

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Who Are New Brunswick’s Low-Skilled Workers?  

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: September 1, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Labour Markets , Datasets , Economics



What does it mean to be low-skilled in New Brunswick? And which New Brunswickers are most likely to have low levels of skills in the workplace?   NB-IRDT researchers explore these questions in a recent report, in which they construct profiles of low-skilled workers in the province. By focusing on groups with low levels of education, jobs with low skills requirements, and low income, they examine the proportion of low-skilled...

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Student Spotlight: Income Evolution in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: May 3, 2021 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Economics



From May to August 2020, NB-IRDT hosted the very first Pathways to Professions: an experiential learning program that provided six UNB students with hands-on workplace experience and training in research methods and job readiness. Each month, our Student Spotlight series will highlight some of the students’ research findings on the population demographics and economic progress of New Brunswick. Some New Brunswickers are more vulnerable to social, educational, and health issues than...

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Student Spotlight: Real GDP Growth in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: February 12, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Labour Markets , Economics



From May to August 2020, NB-IRDT hosted the very first Pathways to Professions: an experiential learning program that provided six UNB students with hands-on workplace experience and training in research methods and job readiness. Each month, our Student Spotlight series will highlight some of the students’ research findings on the population demographics and economic progress of New Brunswick. The economic recession of 2008 severely impacted GDP growth in New Brunswick – not...

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Student Spotlight: Tourism Expansion in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT

Posted: January 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Pathways to Professions , Economics



From May to August 2020, NB-IRDT hosted the very first Pathways to Professions: an experiential learning program that provided six UNB students with hands-on workplace experience and training in research methods and job readiness. Each month, our Student Spotlight series will highlight some of the students’ research findings on the population demographics and economic progress of New Brunswick. Tourism has a direct impact on the development of the New Brunswick economy, contributing...

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New Brunswick Labour Force Participation

NB-IRDT

Posted: November 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Economics , Population Research , Youth



From May to August 2020, NB-IRDT hosted the very first Pathways to Professions: an experiential learning program that provided six UNB students with hands-on workplace experience and training in research methods and job readiness. Each month, our Student Spotlight series will highlight some of the students’ research findings on the population demographics and economic progress of New Brunswick. The size of a region’s labour force is typically affected by the makeup of the...

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NB-IRDT Research Featured in Food Security Webinar

NB-IRDT

Posted: June 2, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Economics , Health



Food insecurity touches at least one in every six households in New Brunswick. It takes many forms: anxiety about running out of food, missing meals, and not being able to afford food. NB-IRDT platform research featured prominently in “What the Food?” a Food for All NB webinar on May 20. The first in a series on New Brunswick’s food sector, the talk was titled “Household Food Insecurity & New Brunswick” and featured research by Dr. Valerie Tarasuk of the...

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NB-IRDT COVID-19 projections show good news for NB

NB-IRDT

Posted: April 8, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Health , Economics



UNB’s New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data, and Training’s 10-day COVID-19 outcome model shows New Brunswick is currently tracking towards a best-case scenario outcome, according to data as of April 7. NB-IRDT researchers, led by Dr. Ted McDonald, developed their prediction models by looking at outcome data as of March 31, 2020 from other countries with a range of COVID-19 response strategies, from strict lockdowns and widespread testing to slow implementation of...

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The cost of workplace cancers

NBIRDT Staff

Posted: March 9, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Economics , Health



Many jobs in New Brunswick involve regular exposure to carcinogens. While it is difficult—and in many cases impossible—to prove a case of cancer was caused by exposure to workplace carcinogens, some occupations are highly correlated with certain types of cancer. But until fairly recently, few occupational cancer cases qualified for Workers Compensation coverage. Firefighters have long waged a battle to prove that their jobs put them at an increased risk for certain types of...

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Study shows NB library use increasing

Mara Mallory

Posted: January 8, 2020 4:00:00 PM AST

Category: Population Research , Economics



New Brunswickers still love the province’s traditional libraries despite rapid technological and social change over the past decade, according to research from the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data, and Training at the University of New Brunswick. NB-IRDT researchers looked at numbers of active library cards and how many items (both physical and electronic) were checked out from 2010 to 2018. Despite increasing availability of free electronic reading material, inexpensive...

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Immigrants as permanent residents

Mara Mallory

Posted: November 7, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Evidence-based Policy , Economics , Population Research , Labour Markets



It’s easy to track how many immigrants are accepted into a province as permanent residents through immigration programs. It is much harder to keep track of what happens after they arrive. Many New Brunswickers are counting on immigration to help alleviate the economic and social challenges we face as a result of NB’s demographic challenges. For New Brunswick to fully benefit from immigration, we need to dig deeper to understand the immigrant experience once they arrive in our...

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